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Bloom 2017 Medium Garden - 'Until Love Conquers Fear’ – A Garden for Trocaire

This modern contemporary garden space celebrates Trocaire as one of Ireland’s leading overseas charities. The garden highlights Trocaire’s vision for a just and peaceful world and its belief that everyone has the right to peace and dignity alongside access to clean water and sustainable land.

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Bloom 2017 Medium Garden - Despicable Me 3

The ‘Despicable Me 3’ garden is a fun and exciting space that highlights the contrasting personalities of Gru and his twin brother Dru, who are coming to cinema screens across Ireland on 30 June. Dru is everything that Gru isn’t – wealthy, charming, sophisticated, with a head of fabulous golden hair.

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Bloom 2017 Large Garden - Our Lady's Children's Hospital Crumlin Garden

The garden – a composer’s retreat – is owned by a successful classical and film-score composer who is also a keen plants person. Having a particular love for tranquil and peaceful surrounds, the owner relishes the chance to reflect on compositions while undisturbed during summer evenings.

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Bloom 2017 Large Garden - FBD Insurance’s “Transition”

This garden (name TBC) is a water landscape with a dramatic tidal effect. This unique idea is aimed at capturing the essence of the wild Irish tidal landscape. The garden will be dramatically transformed in front of the spectators’ eyes by lowering the water level. Landmasses and islands will appear and form a new landscape and then they disappear again.

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Bloom 2017 Medium Garden - The Oxfam GOAL Garden - A World Beyond Walls

The Oxfam GOAL garden is a vibrant, social space designed to highlight the need for tolerance and acceptance in a world that is becoming increasingly divided. The back wall of this garden represents what could, in a more inclusive and diverse global society, become of some of many border walls that are currently being talked about and constructed around the world today.

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Bloom 2017 Small Garden - Stem Cell

In Ireland’s monastic tradition the ‘cell’ is seen as a retreat from the world and Hugh hopes that ‘Stem Cell’ can be viewed as a modern retreat with stems, i.e. plants. Here the walls of the ‘cell’ have been exploded and re-arranged to give a semi-enclosed space where screening is provided by both the walls and the embracing plants.

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Bloom 2017 Large Garden - Living Oasis by Santa Rita 'Living La Vida 120'

Santa Rita and Kevin Dennis have come together to demonstrate how an oasis of calm can be achieved in the hectic lifestyle of urban living. The ‘Living Oasis by Santa Rita “Living La Vida 120”’ garden will celebrate how outdoor spaces should be cherished and how they can make people’s moments special.

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Parks, Our Shared Heritage: The Phoenix Park, Dublin and The Royal Parks, London

OPW and The Royal Parks, London welcomes 'Parks, Our Shared Heritage: The Phoenix Park, Dublin and The Royal Parks, London’ at Farmleigh Gallery and The Mall Galleries.

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Protecting Ireland’s Pollinators

‘Globally, bees are the most important pollinators because they visit flowers to collect pollen for their larvae, as well as feeding exclusively on the nectar of flowers as adults. Hence, the entire life-cycle of bees is dependent on interactions with flowering plants’, All Ireland Pollinator Plan 2015 -2020.

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Landscaping Dublin: Lawn Construction

I don’t do negatives in life as best as I possibly can, or at all. I find the dwelling on them an entirely pointless exercise. Problems, as best as possible should be dealt with and or very simply eliminated, move on and enjoy the finer things in life.

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Flowers Bring Art to Life - CAFRE

The National Gallery and The Flower Council have won the 2017 UXB London Award for Best Use of Digital Channels. This is one of the Emcees Awards that aim to recognize excellence in arts and culture fundraising.

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Bloom 2017 Medium Garden - The Enable Ireland No Limits Garden in association with Solus Light Bulbs

Inspired by children using Enable Ireland’s services, the garden represents both the challenges that people with disabilities face but also the reality that, with creativity, determination, and support, you can ‘Live life with no limits’. It is a conceptual garden based on Enable Ireland’s vision for an Ireland that is fully inclusive and accessible to all.

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Bloom 2017 Medium Garden - On Cloud CaNine

Every garden can be a dog-friendly garden, says Dogs Trust which is campaigning to make Ireland the best country in the world to be a dog. Built by Bloom award-winning designer Brian Burke, ‘On Cloud CaNine’, Dogs Trust’s dog-friendly garden showcases a host of simple, innovative ideas designed to provide fun and stimulation for dogs while maintaining the garden as a safe, relaxing place for the whole family.

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Bloom 2017 Small Garden - A Space to Collaborate

‘A Space to Collaborate’ is an urban garden which is located adjacent to the home of a maker. The garden is a creative sanctuary which is focussed on its inhabitants and the interaction that is fostered through collaboration.

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Bloom 2017 Large Garden - My Land, Your Land - Ireland

Agri Aware’s garden brings the journey of Ireland’s agri-food industry to life. The garden tells the story of Irish agriculture and food, through a farm to fork food circle. Now in its 20th year, Agri Aware aims to communicate the importance of the agri-food industry to the public, highlighting how farming is embracing sustainable practices and creating safe, affordable, traceable and quality food for Irish consumers and the export market.

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Bloom 2017 Medium Garden - Nature’s Resurgence

The Ría Organics Garden is designed to encapsulate and present the ethos and values of its organic skincare sponsor. Its rudimentary circular form represents society’s return to nature as a source of goodness and healing, having deviated towards synthetic products over previous decades. This resurgence in natural, organic goods is cross-referenced throughout the garden.

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College Horticulture team blossom at Garden Show and win Best Overall and Best Design

It was a smashing start to the weekend as garden designers from South Eastern Regional College (SERC) were named ‘Best Design’ AND ‘Best Overall’ in the Team Garden Challenge competition at this year’s Allianz Garden Show Ireland held at Antrim Castle Gardens.

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Bloom 2017

Bloom was launched by Bord Bia in 2007 primarily as a promotional vehicle for horticulture; providing a showcase for garden plants, garden design, construction, horticulture, and gardening as a hobby. Based on similar successful formats such as the RHS Chelsea Flower Shows and RHS Hampton Court Palace shows, Bloom has numerous highly creative gardens and plant displays which are used to inspire and excite the public about gardening and garden design.

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Royal Horticultural Society of Ireland Bicentenary Gala on 30th September - Top Class Speakers

To mark the RHSI’s two hundred year contribution to horticulture, arboriculture and floral art in Ireland, a Gala Celebration, the high point of our Bicentenary events will take place on FRIDAY 30TH SEPTEMBER 2016.

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Record Numbers attend Bord Bia’s Bloom Festival

Almost 115,000 people attended Bord Bia’s Bloom festival in the Phoenix Park, Dublin over the June bank holiday weekend. This is a record attendance for Bloom, with glorious sunshine helping to attract huge crowds to the 70 acre site.

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